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WRITING FOR CLARITY   with Danny Kuhn

Length:  3 hours

Audience:  Anyone who writes or proofs reports, descriptions, chronological entries or narratives in any field.  The exercises can be customized for your profession at no additional cost.

Objective:  To correct the most common writing errors and promote a clear, concise writing style...and actually have fun doing it!

Writing for Clarity is the writing program for people who really don't want to attend a writing program.  In a lively (and sometimes even humorous) fashion, the presenter identifies the most common mistakes gleaned from over 20 years of experience writing and proofing documents.  Just what is the Greengrocer's Apostrophe, anyway? Comma sense is an uncommon virtue!  Remember your audience...don't try to impress with bigger, high-blown words.  Clarity is the key.  Writing for Clarity has been presented in more than 30 cities, from Rhode Island to Guam.

WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY ABOUT WRITING FOR CLARITY    (ACTUAL COMMENTS)

"...one of the most informative and enjoyable training experiences I have had while working."  Detroit, Michigan

"This was the first time I've ever enjoyed a writing seminar and I actually learned a lot from it."  Brownsville, Texas

"Never did I imagine I would enjoy a writing class, especially on a Sunday morning, until I met you!  The presentation was AWESOME!"  South Padre Island, Texas

"I saw your presentation at a conference in Seattle.  I think everyone is always shocked at how you can make grammar entertaining."  Atlanta, Georgia

"Who knew writing, grammar, and punctuation could be fun?"  Beaumont, Texas

"I wanted to crash the meeting just to see your presentation for a second time."  McAllen, Texas

"Thank you so much.  All the feedback was great!"  Miami, Florida

"I wish everyone would take this class."  Albuquerque, New Mexico

"This will stay with us long after you're back home."  Roanoke, Virginia


NOW AVAILABLE:  THE WRITING FOR CLARITY DESK MANUAL- U. S. Probation and Pretrial Services Edition!  160 pages of the most common mistakes in our profession's writing, with specific examples and references.  It is an essential daily writing guide, with or without having had the Writing for Clarity class.  Contact us for special pricing, or see it on Amazon:   https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Clarity-Danny-Kuhn/dp/0989169677/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8


ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS in a HECTIC WORLD  
with Danny Kuhn

Length:  2-3 hours, depending on your schedule.

Audience:  Everyone.  Appropriate for both keynote addresses and smaller groups

Objective:  In a busy, competitive work environment demanding instant answers, ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS in a HECTIC WORLD causes us to reflect on life's essential questions.  Based on Harvard professor James E. Ryan's commencement remarks and book Wait, what? this program helps participants bring clarity, curiosity, courage, compassion, and conviction to both the workplace and their personal lives through clarifying what's important. Small group activities and discussion define common challenges and help provide tools needed to apply five simple questions in seeking answers:  1. Wait, what?  2.  I wonder...?  3.  Couldn't we at least?  4.  How can I help?  and, most importantly, 5.  What really matters?  Wait, what? is particularly useful to organizations undergoing periods of change and shifts in priorities. 

REAL COLORS   
with Jim Patterson

Length:  3 hours

Audience: Everyone

Objective:  This is the program that has improved organizational communication and relationships across the country! Recognize and appreciate your own unique blend of strengths and qualities...and those of your coworkers!  Identify and practice the skills necessary for enhanced communication by learning the most effective methods of speaking to different people.

WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY ABOUT REAL COLORS with JIM PATTERSON: (ACTUAL COMMENTS)

"Numerous participants have been raving about Real Colors and what a great professional and personal experience it was!"  Purdue University 

"Thank you for introducing my team to Real Colors.  We learned a great deal about each other and realized that our strengths and weaknesses offset one another.  Your session set the stage for a very productive and challenging meeting...we actually accomplished our objectives and set an achievable direction for the New Year."  Bank of America

"Without question, this was the best training we have had in my years as a Clerk, as Jim knew his material, knew his target audience, and presented the material in a professional and fun manner conducive to adult learning.  The District is fortunate to have someone with his training and ability, who is willing to share his training gifts with others."   Federal Court Clerk, North Carolina

REAL COLORS, REAL ISSUES  with Jim Patterson

Length:  4  hours

Audience:  Everyone who has experienced Real Colors

Objective:  Identify situations that could cause a loss of confidence or behavior changes in participants and others, learn to appreciate the different styles and strengths of coworkers, and develop a personal action plan for motivation.

Keeping personal and professional lives separate is easier said than done. Real Colors, Real Issues provides specific techniques that can help individuals recognize how the four different temperaments, or "colors," react to life's challenges, and how to provide appropriate encouragement and support for each.   


WRITING FOR CLARITY II
  with Danny Kuhn

Length:  3 hours

Audience:  Anyone who has had Writing for Clarity I

Objective:  To reinforce the lessons of clarity and conciseness, introduce ways to avoid additional common errors, and provide hands-on practice.

Important skills require regular practice and review.  Writing is no exception.  After a review of the most controversial writing issues (especially commas), Writing for Clarity II addresses additional common problem areas.  Is The Hyphenator a hero, or villain? This class reserves time for group work and discussion for a collaborative approach.


COOPERATE OR CONTROL? UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE   with Danny Kuhn

Length:  3 hours

Audience:  All staff

Objective:  To identify different communication styles and avoid the resulting conflict that can occur among coworkers.

Communication is the key to an effective workplace, but controlling personalities may make some staff members feel intimidated...maybe even bullied.  This program helps participants understand why it happens and develop strategies to avoid conflict.  It was recently presented to the entire Eastern District of North Carolina Federal Clerk's Office staff. A separate management briefing can be given after staff training if desired.


MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING PROGRAMS, OFFERED BY THE VARALLI GROUP:



Motivational Interviewing -  Basics 

The participant is introduced to the "Spirit", history, processes and fundamental skills of Motivational Interviewing through lecture, role plays and a diverse training presentation. The Motivational Interviewing, third edition is the text upon which all classes are based (Miller, Rollnick) Participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills during this one to two-day session. 


Motivational Interviewing - Advanced 

A review of the Basics plus a a workshop to improve upon reflections and complex reflections.  The advanced training also brings the full spectrum of Motivational Interviewing to a conclusion by means of creating a change plan for your further skill-building in the practice of MI.  


Motivational Interviewing - Refresher 

The refresher is designed to support the practitioner on his/her journey in acquiring MI "Proficiency" by boosting the skill level and reinforcing the method already begun in a Basic or Advanced student.

Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) Coding and Coaching


As a recipient of MITI training from the instrument's designer, Theresa B. Moyers, TVG offers review, coding and coaching of recorded samples to provide supervision and improvement in your MI skills.  Currently using Manual "'MITI 4.2.1" Once you have reached a level of proficiency, you will receive a certificate of achievement from David Varalli acknowledging your accomplishment!

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